BSF soldier returns, says ‘was treated well by Pak’
BSF soldier returns, says ‘was treated well by Pak’, After spending 48 hours in Pakistan\'s custody, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan returned home on Friday evening.
Wagah: After spending 48 hours in Pakistan's custody, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan returned home on Friday evening. "I was treated well," said 30-year-old Satyasheel Yadav, who was swept onto the Pakistan side of the border in Jammu after he fell into the River Chenab on Wednesday.
"They made me comfortable. I was given food. I have no complaints. I am very happy I am going home," he said in a brief statement, hours before he was released by Pakistani troops.
Yadav walked back across the border at RS Pura in the Jammu region, dressed in his combat fatigues and flanked by his seniors.
"I am grateful to them for treating him well," said DK Pathak, Director General of the BSF after the trooper returned. "I can't answer why they took so long to hand him over. They did ask some questions, it isn't uncommon," he added, responding to reports that the jawan had been questioned by Pakistan's powerful spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence.
Earlier, Yadav detailed how the boat that he was patrolling the river in capsized on Wednesday.
"The Pakistani post was close by. I jumped out of the boat with a life jacket on and tried to swim, but couldn't. The Pakistani Rangers took me out, asked me who I was. I told them my name and that I am from the 33rd battalion," he said.
Pakistan also returned the boat, along with a couple of bulletproof vests in it.
Yadav was out on a patrol on Wednesday with three other personnel in the Paragwal-Khour sub-sector of general area Akhnoor when the boat they were travelling in developed a problem.
BSF officials had said that when the patrol squad was negotiating a narrow bend in the river in this sector, the engine of the motorboat failed.
A rescue boat later sent to fetch the BSF men was taken by three personnel but Yadav got drifted in the strong current as the rope holding him snapped and he subsequently landed 400 metres away in the Sialkot sector of Pakistan where he was picked up by the villagers initially and then handed over to the Rangers, they said.
Yadav is a resident of village Ranipura in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh and has three children. He joined the country's largest border guarding force in 2005.